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Will 3D body scanning be the future of the fashion industry?

Posted on: July 26th, 2019 by Steven No Comments

Online clothes shopping can be a real headache at times, especially when it comes to finding the right size fit. In fact, research has shown the average British shopper returns almost half the clothes they buy online, often because they are the incorrect size. This of course results in many disgruntled customers and retailers out of pocket, but could 3D body scanning be the saviour in all of this? 

The likes of New Look and Amazon certainly think so, as both have partnered with 3D body scanning companies over the past few years in a bid to help their customers find the ideal fit while saving costs and time. Next, Topshop and Ralph Lauren are further examples of high-profile fashion retailers that have too embraced 3D body scanning technology in recent times. Certainly, 3D body scanning is starting to make moves in the fashion industry but the technology that these retailers are using is still relatively new for mobile systems. As a result, reliability and accuracy is not yet at the satisfactory level required to be a success. The potential for success is there as this technology is will only improve in the coming years as developers continue to work on methods for a creating 3D body mesh on any device. The simple question that remains then is; will 3D body scanning be the future of the fashion industry? 

As with any new type of technology, the answer to this question lies solely with how well it will it is received and understood by retailers and consumers. We have already seen a number of willing investors across the fashion industry even at this premature stage, and just recently six more UK retailers have signed up to a new nationwide sizing survey that aims to provide data to help produce better-fitting clothes and tackle the surge in online returns. The survey involves over 100 measurements for each person taking part, with the goal of the project to collect data from over 30,000 adults to help better understand those who have the same clothing size but differ in body size. From this, the aim is to create over three million body shape and sizing measurements that clothing retailers can use to improve their sizing specifications. 

For consumers, we know that currently the technology used is unable to provide entirely accurate and reliable 3D body scans, and thus the user experience is lacking for those shopping online. Further investments and research are set to resolve these issues and fashion consumers are expected to embrace the use of 3D body scanning once this happens. Many within the industry are confident that this will indeed be the case after witnessing past technology-led buying experiences such as the instore-interactive mirror prove a success. 

Manchester Metrology is an industry-leading metrology company offering sub-contract engineering work and metrology equipment for hire or purchase. Through continuous investment into the latest metrology equipment, Manchester Metrology now offers the Einscan Pro, Cybergage 360 and Faro UK scanners such as the Faro Arm, Faro Gage and Faro Focus through specialist contract measurement services.

In addition to Manchester Metrology’s wide range of metrology equipment, it also offers metrology software packages and runs training courses for a range of metrology software programmes. Examples of metrology software covered by the team at Manchester Metrology include; Polyworks, Delcam Powerinspect, Geomagic and Spatial Analyzer. Manchester Metrology also offers a range of metrology equipment accessories including products for Faro UK technology; all products can be viewed on our online store here.

If you would like more information about any of Manchester Metrology’s services, call on 0161 637 8744 or contact us here.

Manchester Metrology Faro Edge ScanArm HD is used to design cockpit of craft that beat World Water Speed Record

Posted on: August 29th, 2017 by Steven No Comments

When world water speed record team Longbow wanted to develop a new craft that could achieve speeds of more than 300mph it turned to Manchester Metrology and its Faro Edge ScanArm HD to help design the cockpit. PES Reports.

In the wake of British hero Donald Campbell establishing the Outright World Water Speed Record in his jet hydroplane Bluebird K7 of 202.32mph back in 1955, the decades that followed witnessed a succession of international teams achieving ever quicker times.

The current record of… Read More

Faro Edge arms can be found here


Using 3D Scanning in the Automotive Industry

Posted on: March 6th, 2017 by Steven No Comments

The automotive industry has grown massively over the past 50 years, with more of us behind the wheel than ever, car manufacturers are diversifying their range to suit our every requirement. Some automotive companies have even expanded into other vehicle types such as lorries, motorbikes and buses. As more models are added, the manufacturing process has to adapt, gone are the days when one factory fabricated one model of car.  Today, flexible production of multiple models allows car manufacturers to meet the growing demands of the public.

3D scanning is revolutionising the automotive industry; metrology equipment is helping to digitalise the production line to allow production all around the globe. Metrology experts have recently used scanners during production to create three-dimensional live images of operation facilities. These images can then be compared to visualise the different production processes for each model of vehicle. This method updates and refines production plans, a vast improvement over previous methods which used polystyrene models to identify changes and obstacles. Another benefit of using 3D scanners is the ability to measure hard to reach areas, such as the tunnels used to dry the paintwork for the vehicles.

Improvements in the manufacturing process allows construction to be replicated in factories all around the world, allowing factories to produce more than one model in-house. The use of 3D scanners not only allowes precise measurement but also contributes to the movement towards full automated processes. 3D scanning and metrology technology continues to revolutionise industries, with many expecting 3D scanners to soon be incorporated into mobile robots who will constantly scan their environment throughout the assembly line.

Manchester Metrology is a market leader in the inspection of engineered components.  It offers metrology support throughout the UK and worldwide, in the measurement of engineered components for both indoor and outdoor 3D measurements. Manchester Metrology offers laser scanner equipment hire; they stock a wide range of calibrated measurement equipment for hire including Faro arms, laser trackers, laser scanners, Faro Focus X330 and the Einscan Pro.

In addition to equipment hire, Manchester Metrology also has a vast range of probes, mounting options and accessories for your metrology equipment and offers both onsite and offsite training on a variety of the latest software such as CAM2, Measure 10, Polyworks, Geomagic, Aberlink, Declam and PowerInspect.

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Manchester Metrology invests in Faro Focus Laser Scanner

Posted on: January 20th, 2016 by Steven No Comments

Leading specialists in the inspection of engineered components, Manchester Metrology Ltd has invested in a laser scanner for fast and exact indoor and outdoor measurements in three dimensions.

The smallest and lightest laser scanners on the market – Focus3D X Series Faro scanner are ideal tools for indoor and outdoor applications. The fast and accurate laser scanners faro Focus 3D offer everything you might expect from professional 3D laser scanners – with FARO’s established and well-known level of simplicity.

Faro Focus 3D X 330 Faro Scanner offers extra long range – 330m, Faro Focus 3D X 130 is a mid-range device offering precise scanning up to 130m. The Laser Scanner Faro Focus 3D X30 was specially designed to fit the need of short-range and interior scanning applications. The Faro Focus 3D X 30 captures data up to 30 metres.

All scanner types offer the possibility to perform scanning even in bright sunlight. Remote scanning as well as almost limitless scan data sharing via SCENE Webshare Cloud make the laser scanning solution truly mobile.

The smart entry-level X Series Laser Scanner enables fast, straightforward, and accurate measurements of objects and buildings. It records small architectural façades, complex structures, production and supply facilities and accident sites very quickly, as time consuming image data acquisition has been consequently avoided.

Typical applications include – measurement of building interiors, precision spatial measurement, data for the perfect illusion of film scenes, 3D scans of factory plants and heritage buildings.

Simply at your fingertips – the benefits of the Focus3D X Series:

Distance accuracy up to ±2mm
Range from 0.6m up to 30m
Best value for money


For more information contact a member of our team today on 0161 637 8744.


Focus3D laser scanner features-

FARO Focus 3D laser scanners are revolutionary, non-contact devices for 3D modelling and documentation that can be operated simply and intuitively via an integrated touchscreen display. In addition to the touch interface, features such as its minimal size and weight make the Focus3D easy to use and allows you to save up to half the scan time compared with conventional 3D laser scanners.

FARO Laser Scanner Focus3D X Series
Focus3D X 30
Range Focus3D X 30: 0.6 – 30m
Measurement speed: up to 976,000 points/second
Ranging error: ± 2mm
Laser class: Laser class 1
Weight: 5,2kg
Multi-Sensor: Compass, Height Sensor, Dual Axis Compensator
Size: 240 x 200 x 100mm
Scanner control: via touchscreen display and WLAN


Faro Focus Laser Scanner


New Company Brochure

Posted on: December 10th, 2015 by Steven No Comments


Manchester Metrology has produced a new company brochure, to read it please click here.


Posted on: June 8th, 2015 by Steven No Comments


An investment of £500k into new equipment has resulted in rapid growth for Manchester Metrology. Since its inception in 2008 Manchester Metrology has become a market leader in the inspection of engineered components with a record turnover of £1.4m in 2014.

Over the next three years Manchester Metrology aims to maintain sustainable growth and predicts a turnover of £3.4m by 2017. The company’s long term partnership with equipment supplier Faro will allow Manchester Metrology to stay ahead of the competition in providing the latest technology and training services.

In 2015 alone Manchester Metrology has already invested over £200k in new equipment. This is in addition to the £300k invested in Faro equipment in 2014. This significant investment has enabled Manchester Metrology to become a UK leader in the inspection of engineered components, offering an extensive range of equipment hire packages and on-site services.

Manchester Metrology’s extensive client base includes global machine manufacturer JCB, engineering giant Babcock and world water speed record project Quicksilver. More recently Manchester Metrology provided three employees to work alongside Rolls Royce in Derby following the win of a major £1.6bn contract.

Employee development is another key area of investment, with three new employees this year and the possibility of an apprenticeship scheme in the near future, Manchester Metrology is dedicated to creating new opportunities in the local area. Paul Bulman, Managing Director states “We have employed staff from the local community and invested in training to provide opportunities for the younger generation to enhance their skill level and introduce them to new and exciting roles within the metrology sector. There is a definite shortage of skilled metrologists and we have taken it upon ourselves to invest in the right training to ensure our workforce has the knowledge and skill to represent the company and maintain our strong reputation.”

Export is a growing side of the business and there has been a significant increase in the volume of products being shipped across Europe. Manchester Metrology attended its first European trade show last year in Stuttgart which has resulted in several big contracts for measurement services in Portugal, Qatar, France and Norway.

For more details of the press release please contact Benedict Lombe at or call Conception Marketing on 0161 875 2480

New Website Launched

Posted on: May 1st, 2015 by Steven 1 Comment

We are pleased to announce the launch of our new website, redesigned with a fresh look and feel, with improved navigation to help you find the information you require or get in touch with us more easily.

The new website is mobile device ready and will be much easier for you to use on your smartphone or tablet.

We would welcome any feedback you may have on how we can further improve the website.

The website was designed and built by Digital Group Media